Arab Americans and the Aging Process

  • Sawsan AbdulrahimEmail author
  • Kristine J. Ajrouch


The aging process draws attention to well-being in later life. Aging and the well-being of Arab American elders is fundamentally influenced by family relations and immigration. In this chapter, we discuss four contemporary theoretical perspectives: life course perspective, convoy model of social relations, intergenerational solidarity/ambivalence, and successful aging to highlight social aspects of the aging process. We examine how each perspective applies to Arab Americans and identify new directions for future research. Finally, practice implications are suggested to account for the pragmatic realities of life in the USA yet show awareness of traditional cultural values.


Arab American elders family relations immigration social aspects of aging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health SciencesAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.Sociology, Anthropology, CriminologyEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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